Jim Franklin, a longtime high school official whom worked countless games in the WHSBLA, has passed.
The following was published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 15, 2018
James Henry Franklin III was born April 18, 1941 in Baltimore, Maryland to William and Mary Franklin. He and his sister, Judy Campbell McKennis, were raised in the Roland Park neighborhood. Jim attended The Gilman School in Baltimore and finished at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut. He attended The University of Virginia, where he was a proud member of the Zeta Psi fraternity and an All-American Lacrosse player.
After college, he joined the U.S. Navy and served his country in the Vietnam War as a Lieutenant and Captain of a Swift Boat. Upon his return to Baltimore, he went to work for Alex Brown & Sons as an Investment Banker. In addition to this work, he helped to form the Citizen Planning and Housing Authority. It was during this time that he married Pat Morris. The family moved to London, England in 1974 where he worked at the First National Bank of Maryland.
Five years later they moved to Seattle where he picked up his lacrosse stick once again and played for the Seattle Men's Lacrosse club. In the late 1980's, Jim became involved with the neighborhood Bush School as an Assistant Basketball Coach for the Men's Varsity team. He became the Head Coach of the team, Athletic Director for the school and the 8th Grade History teacher after he earned his Master's in Education.
Jim met Kathleen (Blangiardi) in 1990 and the two just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They travelled the world together and spent a marvelous year living in Rome. With multiple home remodel projects in Seattle's Madison Park neighborhood in between and since, Jim and Kathleen moved to Mystic, CT to be nearer to Kathleen's family. He cherished his years living on the Mystic River where they both loved to kayak along the Connecticut coastline.
Above all else, Jim's favorite activity was refereeing collegiate and high school lacrosse games throughout the east and west coasts. Jim also served on the board of the Washington Lacrosse Officials Association (WALOA).
In the early morning hour of April 6, 2018 Jim passed away with his loving wife, Kathleen, by his side. He would have turned 77 on April 18th. Jim was first diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor in October 2017 and an adenocarcinoma in December, likely caused by his exposure to Agent Orange herbicide during his time in Vietnam. Serving his country was an honor and one of his most proud times in his life. Jim is survived by his wife, Kathleen Franklin, his four children, Jenifer Franklin,
Kate (Nate) Brundage, Jay (Arran) Franklin, Jodie (Chris) Clarke, and three step-children Matthew (Jolene) Blangiardi, Ryan Blangiardi, and Laura (Ned) Hosford, 11 grandchildren, his former wife Pat Morris, his sister Judy McKennis, and her four children (Rob, Douglas, Russell Campbell and Marcie McHale) and many great nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the American Brain Tumor Association for Glioblastoma Research and to the Vietnam Veterans of America organization.
This scholarship recognizes a WA state player who exemplifies a love of of lacrosse, works hard on his game and is a leader both on and off the field.
The scholarship was previously awarded at the Adrenaline All-American game in Southern California until 2015 when Tyler’s family moved the TL17 scholarship to Washington State to recognize and honor a local high school player.
Previous recipients are:
2011 – Kevin Powers, Issaquah HS, Dominican University
2012 - Alex Keuilian, Foothill HS, Dominican University
2013 – Dakota Holister, Mount Baker HS, Bellarmine University
2014 – Carlo Castenenda, Westlake HS, Franklin & Marshall College
2015 – Chiem Sateurn, Franklin HS, Central Washington University
2016 – Jake Lindahl, Issaquah High School, Sacred Heart University
2017 – Levi DeYoung, Bellingham HS, Nortre Dame de Namur University
Tyler Lucas began playing Lacrosse when he was in the 4th grade for the 2003 CreaseMonkey youth team started by Steve Wisman. He joined the Issaquah Youth Lacrosse program in 2005. In 2007, he was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes and missed his first (and last) lacrosse practice, but he never considered quitting. He played on Issaquah’s State Championship teams in 2008 and 2009.
While Tyler’s first loyalty was to his Issaquah program, he also played for Seattle Starz, West Coast Starz and, founded the Bubbles Lacrosse Chumash Team and, despite being a defenseman, played attack for the Junior Stealth Box team. He loved anything to do with Lacrosse and became Issaquah’s stick doctor. In 2011, 5 out of 6 All-Americans had a stick strung up by Tyler. In Nov 2010, he verbally committed to play for NCAA Division II lacrosse at Dominican University of California before losing his life just before the 2011 Lacrosse season in a car accident on his way to school.
The TL17 scholarship is the Lucas Family’s way of giving back to the sport that meant so much to our son and our family.
The scholarship is designed to help with first year college costs for a Freshman Lacrosse Player.
2018 Criteria & Eligibility/ Nomination Process:
o Nominees may seniors or juniors.
o Players must be in good academic standing in their school (eligible), demonstrate good sportsmanship and intend to play College Lacrosse.
o Nominations should include a biographical sketch, lacrosse resume, and contributions to the game, school, and community.
o Nominations should come from a Coach, Athletic Director, or a current teacher.
Know a deserving Lacrosse Player?
Send nomination to: firstname.lastname@example.org.